Travel marathon a challenge

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

In addition to the Brandon Wheat Kings, the road is also presenting a challenge for the Calgary Hitmen.

With 1,130 km of the Trans Canada Hwy. separating the Stampede and Wheat Cities, the Hitmen are thinking of possibly reducing the travel time when they return to Brandon for Game 5 of the WHL Eastern Conference semifinal Friday night.

Calgary co-coach Dean Evason said team officials have discussed ditching the old bus for an airplane.

"We've talked about flying and are going to look into that for Thursday, so we'll see what happens if that comes around," said Evason.

"The travel issue is an interesting thing from our standpoint but we want to make the right decision."

Following Saturday night's 5-1 loss in Brandon, the Hitmen jumped on the bus and drove 12 hours before arriving in Calgary yesterday at 9:30 a.m.

Similarly, the Wheaties decided to board their bus at 10 p.m. last night, cruised through the dawn and rolled into town for today's practice.

Then they'll play Game 3 of the best-of-seven affair tomorrow night at the Dome (7 p.m., Fan 960, Shaw TV).

Evason noted the distance between the two cities will really create some headaches following Game 5 and it could get worse, especially if the series, currently knotted 1-1, goes the full seven games.

"Then the next day, do we drive halfway again? Do we get on the bus after the game again and go? Do we wait until the next day and drive for 12 hours? It presents quite a challenge," said Evason.


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